Restoration St. Louis principals Amrit and Amy Gill raised concerns Monday about the scoring process for Davenport casino developments, saying some of the participants didn’t follow instructions properly.
“We are all very concerned about the scoring process and that specifically some people, by their own admission and intentionally, ignored the selection criteria and did not follow the instructions,” Amy Gill wrote in an email to Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin. “We are wondering what the mechanism is to protest their scores and participation since they, in the media, admitted they cannot give a fair analysis.”
Riverboat Development Authority board treasurer Don Decker gave an interstate casino proposal from Ingenus Management & Consulting a 95 score and zero scores to downtown casino proposals from Atrium Holding and Restoration St. Louis. Christine Frederick, who serves on the RDA and Davenport Community Improvement Corp., gave Ingenus a score of 113 and the two downtown proposals each got 19 points.
Decker, who supports an interstate casino, told the Quad-City Times that “I was trying to make a statement.”
Scoring by a combination of city elected officials, city staff and community members resulted in an average of 99.91 for Ingenus, ahead of Restoration St. Louis’ 89.78 and Atrium with an average of 62.91. However, the Restoration St. Louis project was the top choice of eight of the 15 scorers.
“They didn’t follow the directions, so the scores shouldn’t count,” Amrit Gill said.
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Malin responded that the city council has the ultimate decision of which proposal is selected.
That is still problematic for the Gills.
“We think the two didn’t score us because they didn’t even look at it,” Amy Gill said of their proposal. “It is worrisome because public opinion affects the city council.”